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Socialise in style

Bluebell House is exceptionally English. Socialise in style close by Henley-on-Thames’ regatta and riverside restaurants. Sixteen family and friends can dip into the pool, slide into the bubbling hot tub, play a game of tennis and catch a movie in the cinema room. It’s bliss, but do remember to make way for someone else next week.

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Splashtastic, stylish socialising

British breaks don’t get any more exceptionally English than Bluebell House. Beneath the rolling Chilterns close by Henley-on-Thames’ regatta and riverside restaurants, it welcomes 16 family, friends and the odd pooch. Roam the box-hedged acres, dip into the heated pool and slide into the bubbling hot tub as the moonlight hits the terrace.

This is where you socialise in style. Did we say pool? Oh yes. It’s sitting out there in the summer sunshine, plying its splashtastic trade from April to September. Dive in. Bash a ball about the tennis court in summer. Kids can stay out there for the football goals and Wendy house or bouncing on the trampoline while you chargrill supper on the barbie.

Getting together or sliding apart happens in the sun-friendly orangery, the open-plan kitchen, the spacious living room and the cinema room with its monster screen, giant beanbag and seductive armchairs. Elsewhere, you’ve log fires for wiggling weary toes after a hard day’s cake and coffee in Hambleden. Bliss.

Inside the main house and annexe, it’s all boudoir-beautiful. A freestanding bath here, a garden-view balcony there, beautiful bathrooms everywhere. Prepare a drink, dress for dinner in the walk-in wardrobe, turn the place into a restaurant with our expert cooks. This is the good life – but do remember it’s someone else’s turn next week.

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Pool, hot tub, gardens and grounds

Welcome to a piece of England, firmly in England. These are the kind of landscaped acres that host summer garden parties, pristine-white marquees and champagne receptions. You can enjoy your own celebration here, jumping into the heated pool in summer, bubbling in the four-seater hot tub.

There’s room for eight to eat al-fresco out on the two-acre lawn, plus a couple of kids kicking a ball through the goalposts, swarming over the trampoline and playing with the Wendy house. Hit some balls about the tennis court. Get your steaks and sausages for the coal barbecue from Henley Marketplace and your wine from Majestic.

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Living spaces

Plenty of sociable spaces here and plenty more for when your social battery needs a recharge. Hang out together in the open-plan kitchen, the suntrap orangery and the large entertaining room. Or make it a movie night in the cinema room with its giant screen, beanbags and comfy sofas. Don’t forget your passwords.

Everything here is sumptuously special, with homely rugs, throws and foot stools sitting in front of the log burner designed to revive feet fatigued from a Chiltern yomp or just coffee and cake in nearby Hambleden. Load your snaps to Instagram on the Wi-Fi, top up your glass and lean into the good life.

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Cooking & dining

With two ovens in the main house and one in the annexe, you won’t be short of meal-prep options. You can add to that two fridge-freezers and two dishwashers. But if you don’t fancy slaving over the hot stoves, call in the pros. Sojo Kitchen uses locally sourced produce for anything from a one-off celebration to a fully catered break.

You’ll get twelve around the dining table and eight around the table on the terrace. Head out there to cook on the coal barbecue, while the kids explore the gardens and Wendy house. Tuck into takeaways from Zizzi for Italian, Giggling Squid for Thai and Pizza Express for anything from iconic dough balls to thin and crispy Romanas.

Head out to The Chequers Inn for hearty pub grub in a hearty red-brick village local and enjoy fried baby squid, pigs cheeks bubble and squeak or traditional shepherds pie followed by creme brulee. Try The Bull and Butcher for 16th-century beams, open fires and crispy pork belly, Thai shellfish and noodle broth or Mediterranean tart.

Fine-dine your way through an evening at The Yew Tree in Frieth. Will it be poulet bourguignon with confit potato, parsnip and pecorino risotto, or slow-cooked lamb shoulder pie with a suet topping? Choose The Chequers Inn for good, honest food and well-kept beer. Or The Golden Ball for cod, pearl barley or muntjac.

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Bedrooms

At the foot of the Chilterns with two acres of landscaped garden around you, sound sleep is a given. Bluebell House sleeps up to 16 across the main house and annexe in seven beautiful bedrooms.

Bedrooms one and two are super-king size with en-suites and bedroom 2 also has a freestanding in-room bath. On the ground floor, you’ll find bedroom three with super-king bed. Back on the first floor, bedroom four is a double and bedroom five a twin. The annexe provides two luxurious doubles and a family bathroom.

For the extra 2 guests, a double z-bed or two singles can be added to the annexe.

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What people say

What people say

Our family had a wonderful time at Bluebell House. The kids loved the pool and the parents were able to relax in the hot tub after dining outside. The rooms were spacious and comfortable and the kitchen was the perfect space to cook for everyone. I couldn't recommend enough! - Carl
We had the most gorgeous few days at this beautiful home. It was simply perfect for a much needed family getaway. The hot tub and cinema room were the highlights and there was everything (and more!) that we could have wished for. We loved it and would adore to return - and recharge 0 again soon. Highly recommend. - Janine
Great location for a long weekend of walking. The accommodation was very comfortable and roomy for adult couples with space to relax. Beautiful location, with lots of stunning walks straight from the doorstep and plenty of pub stops nearby. From the comfort of the sofa we spotted kites, bats and even a barn owl flying over on our last night. Very enjoyable stay. - Katie
We stayed for two nights at Bluebell House. Wow, what a place! It has everything you could want to host groups of friends/family. The rooms were all very comfortable and with air con, the heated pool was huge and great fun (plus we had fab weather too), and the kitchen/dining areas plus BBQs were perfect for entertaining. Would 100% stay again and recommend to others. - Stuart
Beautiful peaceful home, perfect for a wonderful weekend with friends. The owner was a helpful host. Would recommend to anyone. - Isabel
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Bright lights and sparking wine

Build the excitement at Legoland Resort. Keep active at Redkangaroo Reading, see the bright lights of London, or go rustic among goats and alpacas at Beale Wildlife Park. Wander the antique shops and tearooms of Henley. Enjoy golf and holistic therapy at Badgemore Park. Or add English wine to your dinner menu from Fairmile Vineyard.

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